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ERIC Number: ED212374
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 15
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Bringing Preschoolers and the Institutionalized Elderly Together: How One Program Works.
Robbert, Lois
In developing an intergenerational program bringing together preschool children and elderly adults in a retirement home/geriatric center complex, preschool staff had to discard three misconceptions. It was initially supposed that the elderly would like to visit the nursery school. It was assumed that people in the retirement home have nothing to do. Finally, it was anticipated that arranging programs with another institution would be easy. Experience revealed that is was better to take the children to visit the home-center than to depend on the elderly to visit the preschool, and that controlled group activities that work well in preschool, such as art, music, and storytelling activities, were usually successful when provided for mixed groups of elderly adults and preschool children. Events such as walking through the home and greeting residents and one-on-one contact over a box containing objects which could be talked about proved effective. Values realized by intergenerational programs concern the process of transmitting values and attitudes, building human relationships, meeting childhood needs (such as acceptance and self-esteem), socializing the children, and, possibly, enhancing intellectual development. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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